County budget focuses on sustaining services

Source: Nicholas Elmes, Stokes News, June 5, 2015

Facing one of the most difficult budget years in recent history, County Manager Rick Morris said his proposed budget seeks to maintain key county services while limiting tax increases in coming years. ….Morris provided a department-by-department breakdown of other budget increases, and decreases, in the proposed budget. Highlights include:
…. A 57.68 percent decrease in the Economic Development budget as a result of having Planning Director David Sudderth also serve as an interim Economic Development Director for one year. Morris said they have also reduced the budget by bringing in-house a majority of the advertising and marketing work that had been contracted out in previous years. He noted that the department would continue its advertising and marketing efforts at the same level as last year….. A 7.98 percent increase in the Social Services Administration budget which will help purchase three new vehicles and convert five contract positions to salaried positions. “We are paying a lot more for contract people than for government people,” said Morris. “We also have a lot less flexibility with contract people.”….